It is always fun to discover new projects, most of all in the online fashion scene. Launching today, The Skype Collaboration Project (SCP) is a new global space dedicated to original content on today’s creative industries. Featuring editorial articles, video content, and image galleries, it aims to highlight creative innovators and inspiring stories from the world of fashion and beyond. Editor-in-Chief Emily Fleuriot’s first editorial is all about inspiration: ’I hope that The Skype Collaboration Project inspires, provokes and encourages those who interact with it to pursue your dreams and that you will share your stories as you do!’.
The content doesn’t disapoint this manifesto: Victoria Beckham‘s rise to the fashion podium, the amazing story of fashion brand Apolis, who shatter preconceived ideas by using Skype to create shoes between Palestine, Israel and California or the article about technology in fashion featuring FASHION GPS founder, Eddie Mullon are just some highlights of the first issue. Beautifully designed, it worth a visit.
Just blink and levitate objects. Just move your fingertips and open your door”. Fake eyelashes that can move objects, conductive make-up to control mobile devices or acrylic nails to switch smartphones are some of the innovative products designed by Katia Vega, a PhD candidate in Computer Science at University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
When we talk about wearable technology, instantly we think about clothes. But of course, we forget the endless opportunities that make-up can bring. Picture yourself activating the world around you with just the blink of an eye. Not only would it add fun to everyday experiences, but imagine the opportunities it would create for people with disabilities.
To see the one of the products in action for example, check out Sentido Aware
, a collaborative project with artist Elen Nas. In this opera, sound effects and visualizations are activated with her fingernails dipped into the water.
Vega claims to be in talks with cosmetics lines for commercial use of the technology, so we are looking forward to the next generation of make-up products! More in katiavega.com
We’ve been following the Stockholm-based bag brand since its beginnings for the simple reason that we actually love and use their unique product. Their modular system is the perfect way to transport some of our most important possessions: the MacBook, the iPhone and the iPad. For this winter their launched a new range of colours, and even thought I’m the one that tends to gravitate to black, the vibrant orange is perfect accent colours for the units for any of the bigger units (bags). I also think that the backpack is really smart, with an original shape and in a grey shade.
Check out their website to see the full catalogue of options, good-looking functional scandinavian design at its best. (psst, something special, the collaboration with Teenageengineering)
Unit Portables una marca que seguimos desde sus comienzos, básicamente porque nos encantan sus productos y los usamos frecuentemente. Su sistema modular es perfecto para llevar algunas de nuestras posesiones más importantes: MacBook, el iPhone o el iPad. Para este invierno los suecos lanzan una nueva versión de colores, y aunque son de las que tiende a llevar siempre negro, esta vez el vibrante naranja me atrae como color extra para acentuar algunas de las unidades (bolsos) más grandes. No perderse los bolsos, realmente chulos sobre todo en el color carbon.
Para más info, mirar su web, buen diseño funcional escandinavo en su mejor definición. (Psst, para los más geeky, no perderse la colaboración con Teenageengineering!)
Come close but not too much. Maybe that’s a common feeling today. Should I trust you? Should I let you in? I loved the concept of this collection by Anna Kathryn Gregor, a ZUYD university student. Keep distance! Is inspired by a text of Arthur Schopenhauer in which he compares the behavior of porcupines with human society and that reflects on human behavior in private and public spaces. She adds to the idea a technological process in which special thermal ink responds on body heat, adding to the transitional character of the collection
Schopenhauer describes the human need for both affection and protection. People avoid getting hurt by trusting only their inner circle with their deepest wishes, dreams and feelings.
“Keep your distance! Because I’m not willing to divulge myself because I don’t know if you are worth it.”
The natural armour of the porcupine inspired this collection of deformed body shapes and the usage of elements of safety clothes. The process of metamorphosis of the porcupine is depicted in layers of clothing. Layers of wool, silk, cotton combined with big sculpted fake fur showpieces, build a layer of safety around the body. More layers equal more protection.
In my opinion, clothes are protection, but in the end, they always expose who you are and who you are with. And that’s actually one of the most fun qualities of fashion!
One of the news that started the week is the 12 page editorial in the September issue of Vogue U.S., showing Google Glass. These smart glasses made their debut in the fashion world last year at the Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show in the Fashion Week New York. From that event original photos made by the models wearing the glasses showed us a good example of the kind of experience they offer.
The problem is not that the glasses aren’t amazing. Bundling photo, video, messages, information in a pair of frames there’s no doubt that Google Glass ARE the future. But apparently people don’t particularly dare to carry them in public because of the unattractive appearance they have. They just look too “dorky”.
Nick Bilton reflects in this editorial in the New York Times, that Google is trying to create trend, piggybacking on one of the most influential magazines in the world. And she takes as example “The Devil Wears Prada” and Meryl Streep’s monologue where she says Vogue decides what the world will wear. But will this influence really make it this time?
Technology has tried to enter the fashion world for some time but it seems that we are far from finding smart glasses on sale at Zara, although things might change fast. Soon even the price won’t be a problem, according to rumors the price could drop from $ 1.500 to $300 when they officially goes on sale to the public.
No, the problem is not that they aren’t great. They’re simply a bad fit aesthetically. And no wonder, if we think about current trends in glasses, with thick frames, retro shapes (round, cat eye) and oversize. In this context, its minimalist design seems a out of place.
It is only a matter of time to see if we’ll get used to the “futuristic” look of Google Glass, I rather beleive that Google will have to create more models closer to today’s aesthetics.
After last week’s buzz for the Margiela collaboration with H&M and after reading the insightful editorial by Eugene Rabkin making a case against this kind of collaborations, I ended up reassured about what I feel is the best way to consume fashion: Above all, buy quality. That’s why I like to feature young designers or small brands that produce locally and who takes full ownership of all the steps of production. If you add practicality to this combo, you end up with pieces you love to wear and will be part of your wardrobe for long time.
Etre enter in this category. A small brand that manufacture their clothing in the British Islands employing traditional craftsmanship and mantaining traditional trademarks, like hand-knitted hats made with motifs that originate from the centuries-old fishing communities of Polperro and Staithes, or hand-crafted bags from Melton wool finished with leather trim and brass fittings by a small Cornish marine leatherwork company. I have tried their touchscreen gloves and I loved the idea of wearing something highly utilitarian made by a family-run mill more than 150 years old. Made from 100% wool, they are pure everyday luxury. Check out more in their website.
Después de la revolución de la semana pasada por la colaboración de Margiela para H&M y después de leer el excelente artículo de Eugene Rabkin presentando su vision en contra de este tipo de colaboraciones, quedé convencida de que la mejor forma de consumir moda es comprando ante todo calidad. Es por eso que me gusta sacar a diseñadores jóvenes o marcas que producen localmente y que se preocupan de seguir con cuidado todos los pasos de la producción
Si agregas practicidad a este combo, te encuentras con piezas que te gusta llevar y que serán parte de tu armario por mucho tiempo. Etre entra en esta categoría. Una pequeña marca que fabrica su ropa en las islas británicas empleando mano de obra artesanal y utilizando técnicas e inspiraciones tradicionales de la zona, como puede ser el gorro de lana con motivos marítimos de las comunidades de Polperro y Staithes o los bolsos de lana de Melton con detalles en cuero hechos por una pequeña compañía de Cornwall.
He probado sus guantes que funcionan sobre tabletas gráficas y me encantaron llevarlas: la idea de tener algo utilitario hecho por una empresa familiar que hace lo mismo desde hace 150 años y en lana virgen es la respuesta al lujo para el día a día. Más en su website www.etreshop.com<
Great addition to the Unit Portables family. This travel bag is perfect for short trips when you need to bring with you only the essentials (including your iPad or computer). The bag is sold as a set that includes a see-through mesh toilet bag, a computer sleeve and a practical pouch to manage all your cables.
Perfecta adición a la familia Unit Portables. Este bolso de viaje es perfecto para escapadas cuando necesitas llevar sólo lo básico (incluyendo tu iPad u ordenador). El bolso se vende como un set que incluye un neceser transparente, un protector para la laptop y una bolsita para todos los cables.
Más info: www.unitportables.com
Concrete, now there’s a material I don’t like. I despise having to cross a square all built in concrete without a tree in miles while a hot Barcelona sun pounds you from above. But then again, I was pleasantly surprised by these designs by Ivanka Studio [...]
Armani (official designer of the Italian olympic uniforms) will launch its second edition of Armani Tweet Talks today, at 2pm GMT, open forum based on Twitter. The first edition talked about the importance of China in the fashion industry, and this time they will be tweeting from London discussing (goes without saying) the relationship between Fashion and Sports. The participants of this digital roundtable are Laura Craik (fashion editor The Times), Thom Evans (Scottish rugby player), Dylan Jones (GQ Editor), Langmead Jeremy (editor in chief Mrporter.com ) Tony Lewis (founder of Spashion.com and Stylist) and Caroline McAteer (Co-Founder of The Sports PR Company). You can participate by just adding the hashtag #ArmaniTweetTalks to your tweets.
This is another example of digital innovation in the luxury sector, something that we experienced before with Burberry and their “Tweet-Walks” when they published images of models wearing their new collection minutes before their models hit the runway.
Armani (diseñador del uniforme oficial del equipo olímpico italiano ) lanza hoy a las 14h GMT la segunda edición de los Armani Tweet Talks, un foro abierto que saca máximo provecho de la plataforma de microblogging Twitter. La primera edición fué sobre la importancia de China en la industria de la moda, y esta vez estarán twitteando desde Londres sobre la relación entre la moda y el deporte. Los participantes de esta mesa redonda digital son Laura Craik (editora de moda de The Times), Thom Evans (perteneciente al equipo de rugby de Escocia), Dylan Jones (editor de GQ Inglaterra), Langmead Jeremy (Editor jefe de Mrporter.com ) Tony Lewis (fundador de Spashion.com y Stylist) y Caroline McAteer (co-fundadora de The Sports PR Company). Puedes participar sólo añadiendo el hashtag #ArmaniTweetTalks a tus tweets.
Esta parece ser otra de las innovaciones a nivel digital del sector de lujo, algo que vimos no hace mucho con Burberry y sus “Tweet-Walks”, cuando publicaron imágenes de los modelos llevando la colección minutos antes de entrar en la pasarela.